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Nicole Villalpando

Parenting & homes editor

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in her Raising Austin column and blog, as well as homes improvement, faith, aging and community stories for Austin 360. She is also the editor of Season for Caring, the American-Statesman's annual charity campaign that has raised about $10 million in cash and in-kind goods and services for area nonprofits since it began in 1999. She has been with the American-Statesman since 1999 and lives in Austin with her husband, two kids, two cats and one out-numbered dog.

Latest from Nicole Villalpando

Kick off the summer with these family events in Austin, May 27-June 2
 Events RED Arena Round-Up.
             Family fun and inclusive rodeo play day with a petting zoo, kid games and mini horses. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive, Dripping Springs. redarena.org Ask a Vet. Bring your questions to hear from Thundering Paws veterinarian Lauren Cannon. 11:30 a...

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Events RED Arena Round-Up. Family fun and inclusive rodeo play day with a petting zoo, kid games and mini horses. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive, Dripping Springs. redarena.org Ask a Vet. Bring your questions to hear from Thundering Paws veterinarian Lauren Cannon. 11:30 a...
Orajel for teething? No, says new FDA statement, which links drug to breathing problems
 Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration told manufacturers to stop marketing over-the-counter teething products with the
            drug benzocaine. You know these products as  Anbesol, Baby Orajel, Cepacol, Chloraseptic, Hurricaine, Orabase, Orajel and
            Topex as well as the store-brand versions. In its press...

Posted: 2 days ago

Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration told manufacturers to stop marketing over-the-counter teething products with the drug benzocaine. You know these products as  Anbesol, Baby Orajel, Cepacol, Chloraseptic, Hurricaine, Orabase, Orajel and Topex as well as the store-brand versions. In its press...
Parents, put off tackle football as long as possible, study suggests
 Parents of kids who play football or who are thinking about playing football this fall, you might want to pay attention to a new study published in the Annals of Neurology. The study from researchers at Boston University looked at the brains of 246 football players. Of those, 211 had signs of CTE — chronic traumatic encephalopathy &mdash...

Posted: 2 days ago

Parents of kids who play football or who are thinking about playing football this fall, you might want to pay attention to a new study published in the Annals of Neurology. The study from researchers at Boston University looked at the brains of 246 football players. Of those, 211 had signs of CTE — chronic traumatic encephalopathy &mdash...
What are you doing this summer in Austin, kids? Check our calendar
 School is finally almost over, the temperature is on the rise, and soon a chorus of “I’m bored” might be heard in your house. It’s summer. Luckily, it is summer in Austin, which means you can find something to do with the kids every day. Check out our list and find more at austin360.com/raisingaustin. Only in Austin...

Posted: 2 days ago

School is finally almost over, the temperature is on the rise, and soon a chorus of “I’m bored” might be heard in your house. It’s summer. Luckily, it is summer in Austin, which means you can find something to do with the kids every day. Check out our list and find more at austin360.com/raisingaustin. Only in Austin...
Plan your Memorial Day weekend with the kids with our calendar
 Parents, it’s going to be a long weekend. And hot, with highs in the upper 90s. If you’re going outside, don’t forget 
            your sunscreen and 
            your bug spray. RELATED: Get a jump on summer with our family calendar We have a few ideas of how to keep kids having fun in and around Austin this weekend...

Posted: 2 days ago

Parents, it’s going to be a long weekend. And hot, with highs in the upper 90s. If you’re going outside, don’t forget your sunscreen and your bug spray. RELATED: Get a jump on summer with our family calendar We have a few ideas of how to keep kids having fun in and around Austin this weekend...
What are you going to do this summer in Austin, kids? Check our family calendar for ideas
 School is finally almost over. The temperature is on the rise, and soon, a chorus of “I’m bored,” might be heard coming from
            your house. It’s summer in Austin. Luckily, it is summer in Austin, which means you can find something to do with the kids every day. Check out our list and find more at 
  ...

Posted: 4 days ago

School is finally almost over. The temperature is on the rise, and soon, a chorus of “I’m bored,” might be heard coming from your house. It’s summer in Austin. Luckily, it is summer in Austin, which means you can find something to do with the kids every day. Check out our list and find more at  ...
New veterinary office’s viewing window takes mystery out of treatment
 You take your dog or cat to the vet. The technician needs to draw some blood, clip some nails, check a temperature. Your animal is then taken to the mysterious back. Your pet is returned to you minutes later. What just happened? You’ll never really know. Or your dog needs a good dental cleaning or a minor surgery. That all happens out...

Posted: 5 days ago

You take your dog or cat to the vet. The technician needs to draw some blood, clip some nails, check a temperature. Your animal is then taken to the mysterious back. Your pet is returned to you minutes later. What just happened? You’ll never really know. Or your dog needs a good dental cleaning or a minor surgery. That all happens out...
That hotel pool could make you sick this summer, CDC study finds
 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released this bit of information last week: 1 in 3 waterborne disease outbreaks traced happen in hotel pools or hot tubs. There have been about 500 waterborne disease outbreaks from 2000 to 2014. In addition to hotel pools and hot tubs, water parks
            have also been to blame. Diseases...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released this bit of information last week: 1 in 3 waterborne disease outbreaks traced happen in hotel pools or hot tubs. There have been about 500 waterborne disease outbreaks from 2000 to 2014. In addition to hotel pools and hot tubs, water parks have also been to blame. Diseases...
Fun with nature in Austin and more family fun this week, May 20-26
 Events Woodland Faerie Trail.
             See fairy houses on this trail. Saturday-Aug. 10. Free with admission. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org Museums Bullock Museum. 
            
               Story time: Inch by Inch.
            A story time about size. 10 a.m. Thursday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N....

Posted: 8 days ago

Events Woodland Faerie Trail. See fairy houses on this trail. Saturday-Aug. 10. Free with admission. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org Museums Bullock Museum. Story time: Inch by Inch. A story time about size. 10 a.m. Thursday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N....